Psalm 91:1-2 (NIV)
(1) Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. (2) I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
I am struck by two words as I read this psalm. ‘Dwells’ and ‘Abide’.
The Psalmist writes that he who dwells, present tense, will abide, future tense!
Our present posture of dwelling in the shelter or under the covering of the “Most High” has a positive and powerful result. I note that we dwell in God’s ‘shadow’. We are not in the limelight, and we should not seek to be. We are in His shadow – what we do is for His glory, not our own. Being in His shadow gives us a place of security and safety, a place of protection and peace. All too often we stick our necks out in a vain glory seeking manner and then when we get hit by an accusation or attack of some kind we realise why we need to stay under His covering! The attacks of the enemy are so much more intense when we are not in His shadow!
The result of this dwelling place is the sense of abiding. Abiding is a perpetual place of strength and grace. It is a place of provision and peace. It is not so much comfortable as a stable and secure place form which we can step out in faith!
Father, help me to dwell in Your shadow, not seeking acclaim or glory but with my eyes focussed on You and Your kingdom above all other things or people.
Written by Ps. Richard Botta